On the eve of Shiloh, one of the bloodiest battles of the
Civil War, a mysterious visitor appears at General William Tecumseh Sherman’s
camp. Without family or home, with only a uniform and the name of Jesse, this
prepossessing stranger is an intriguing mix of naiveté and wisdom, ignorant of
the most basic conventions of warfare yet uncannily familiar with even the most
intimate details of Sherman’s personal life and career. Jesse, in turn, has
only one desire: to remain by Sherman’s side—for reasons only Jesse knows and
isn’t revealing. Initially unwilling to become a father figure to this beguiling
visitor, Sherman is finally unable to resist such devotion and tenacity. He
takes Jesse under his wing, determined to train this enigmatic creature in the
art of war—and provide the strength and wisdom needed to survive its horrors.
Resourceful and courageous, Jesse soon earns the respect of
Sherman’s men, especially the compassionate but plain-talking surgeon, Seth
Cartwright, and Thomas Ransom, a noble and handsome young infantry officer. No
matter their destiny neither man can divert Jesse’s mission.
But what is the truth? What is Jesse’s purpose and why has
this fascinating youth appeared at this most crucial time in Sherman’s life and
in the life of the bitterly divided nation? In the end we are forced to ask:
Who is under whose wing?
The Better Angels of
Our Nature brilliantly recreates the drama and brutality of America’s Civil
War. Set in the momentous fourteen-month period spanning Shiloh and Vicksburg—a
time that turned the tide of war and determined the nation’s fate—this
harrowing, lyrically written novel is filled with unforgettable characters and
wondrous twists that will give readers pause to reconsider events familiar to
us all. Meticulously researched and movingly written, this masterwork will
remain with readers long after the last page is savored. Download and start listening now!